About VIP

Where passion meets momentum

The Volunteering for International Professionals (VIP) Fellowship Programme is an initiative by the Malaysian government to create a large pool of talented professionals, who are passionate about sharing their expertise and experiences globally, as expert volunteers to contribute towards nation-building in ASEAN region.The VIP Programme is designed specifically for professionals on career breaks who wish to volunteer in South East Asia and contribute to building up the regional ecosystem of nonprofits to create more social impact.

This four-month fellowship offers the opportunity for professionals to use their expertise in addressing ASEAN’s most pressing social issues. This programme aims to evoke long-term social change in the country. In order to ensure a successful programme, each volunteer is matched to a placement within a Host Organisation in a local community where his/ her expert knowledge will have the greatest impact.

Highlights of VIP

What happened during the previous VIP cycles

Impact Project 1 :
Creating Livelihood via Agriculture

Impact Area :
Rural Community Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment

Host Organisation :
ANB Agro Trainers


Impact Project 1 :
Community Development Through Innovative Batik Products

Impact Area :
Women Empowerment & Urban Poverty

Host Organisation :
Batik Boutique


Impact Project 1 :
Xtreme Academy

Impact Area :
Rural Unemployment

Host Organisation :
Travel Rite Tours Sdn Bhd


Impact Projects






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VIP is a program by

Meet the team

You’ll be in good hands with our experienced team

Zikry Kholil

Programme Director

Daniel de Gruijter

Programme Director

Faizeleen Mohamed

Programme Manager

Ioana Lupa

Programme Manager
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VIP is a National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) initiative

Brought to you by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance

VIP is part of the government’s goal to transform Malaysia into a high- income nation by 2020, as announced by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, at the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) Summit in December 2013. International expert volunteers offer transferable and high-value skills as well as knowledge to enrich the Malaysian landscape, contributing towards the country’s ambition of being a high-income nation. The Fellowship is a programme by MOF, an initiative by NBOS and is partnered by Incitement.

A nation-building programme

VIP aims to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.

An initiative of NBOS

VIP is a National Blue Ocean Strategy initiative as announced by Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak

A programme by Ministry of Finance

VIP is a programme brought to you by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance.

Partnered with Incitement

Incitement is the next generation social business, implementing the VIP Programme on behalf of the Malaysian government.